EX-MÊKH: OUR Territory

April 16th – Mai 27th  2009 - De Nederlandse Cacaofabriek Helmond



Participating artists: Ellen Rodenberg, Hans Ensink op Kemna, Maarten Schepers, Kees Koomen


In De Cacaofabriek EX-MÊKH will show an exhibition and they will also show a phase during the making of an exhibition. A process takes place in the collective which consists of a confrontation of the venue where we would like to work and all it’s social and professional implications with the collaboration of four individual artists, which already has a history. These two territories meet in a border-situation where ideas, proposals, concepts and maybe references to former exhibitions meet the exhibition space where an exhibition will be assembled. This border has to be crossed both ways and it is this process that we will want to show.

Next to this one could also stipulate that in a collaboration you will have to deal with, in this case, four different territories of artists who limit or stimulate each other and will certainly influence each other. The territory of an artist is defined by his or her  individual development. When four artists go together their developments will show parallels and eventually undoubtedly influence each other. It is evident that this occurs in EX-MÊKH, it is what we look for. To research the meaning of everyone’s work by seeking the context of our collaborator’s work and thus confronting each other with different options and points of view is a method to develop our individual artworks. During the preparation and the process of installing an exhibition territorial conflicts take place: where do we end? Will it be an addition of strong individual works that eat each other out? Or will the whole be more than the sum of four individual artworks?

Then there is the territory of an exhibition-space: the actual space with its measures, the cultural surroundings in which it functions and the history it carries. What do we use, what might be interesting to react on? We infiltrate this territory and add a certain value to it by having our exhibition in it. We will create a certain tension: will they weaken or strengthen each other? This is also an element we are interested in. The venue will have its own public in the region it is settled in and the confrontation of our work with these people is another point of interest: how will a public from a socially and culturally different region react to our work, will  it be challenged and stimulated?

It is our idea to develop an exhibition on the basis of these elements, to show the process and the result in Helmond. From the moment Ellen Rodenberg en Kees Koomen visited Helmond we developed possibilities and ideas in regular meetings. We have visualized the process in the studio of Maarten Schepers: sketches, models, photographs, tests and texts  were discussed and eventually a choice was made for the exhibition in De Cacaofabriek in Helmond.



Maarten Scheepers


Ellen Rodenberg


Ellen Rodenberg


Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen (back)


Ellen Rodenberg


Kees Koomen:My Cup Runs Over


Kees Koomen:My Cup Runs Over


Kees Koomen:My Cup Runs Over


Kees Koomen:My Cup Runs Over (detail)


Kees Koomen:My Cup Runs Over(detail)


Kees Koomen: House


Kees Koomen: House (detail)


Hans Ensink op Kemna


Maarten Schepers (front), Hans Ensink op Kemna (back)


fltr: Ellen rodenberg, Maarten Schepers, Kees Koomen, Hans Ensink op Kemna


Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen


fltr: Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen, Hans Ensink op Kemna